Sister Leona Stumpf, (Jean Frances Stumpf) a Pittsburgh Sister of Mercy for 59 years, died at the Convent of Mercy on Monday, February 15, 2021. Born in Latrobe, Pa., she was 88 years old. Daughter of William and Anna (Vogle) Stumpf, Sister Leona entered the Sisters of Mercy from Holy Family Parish, Latrobe, Pa. in 1961 and made final vows in 1968.
Sister Leona earned a degree in education from Mount Mercy College (now Carlow University) and taught in area Catholic schools including Holy Family in Latrobe, St. Clair in Clairton and St. Colman in Turtle Creek. She also served on the Mercy Hall infirmary staff at the Motherhouse and later served for more than 30 years in parish social ministry at St. Mary of the Mount Parish, Grandview Ave.
In keeping with her vows, Leona had a special affinity for people who were poor, sick or uneducated. She witnessed first-hand the struggles of elderly people to maintain themselves and their family homes, and personally sought help for them.
Preceded in death by her parents, brother George, sisters Ruth Myers and Mary Shaffer, half-brothers Albert, Daniel and James, and half-sister Dorothy Schrum, Sister Leona is survived by brothers Frank and Conrad. There will be a private funeral service at the Convent of Mercy, 3333 Fifth Avenue, followed by interment in St. Xavier Cemetery, Latrobe. Arrangements entrusted to the EDWARD P. KANAI FUNERAL HOME, 500 Greenfield Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 3333 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213 or the Carlow University Scholarship Fund.
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